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Q: Moving?!

January 20, 2009 | By Heather A. | 34 answers | Expired: 2026 days ago

Heather A.

Just want to know how many people think that moving is a legitimate excuse to surrender a pet? I have to say I am a bit sick and tired of just how many wonderful animals are given up under the pretense of their owners moving.

For various reasons within the last seven years I have had to move my cats to seven different homes in four different states and am in the process of preparing to move all of us across the Atlantic as my husband is being relocated to the UK.

With every move they have adjusted to their new environments quickly and easily; surrendering them was absolutely never an option.

Every time I knew I was moving I would search for pet-friendly housing only and yes, the pickings would often be slim, I was always able to find something. When moving from West coast to East coast I researched airlines and found a great petsafe carrier and am doing the same for our cross-Atlantic move, which granted is more difficult with the pet passport situation, but still very doable.

I do understand that sometimes life deals a heavy blow such that moving with our beloved furry friends would be impossible, but I feel that people are too quick to use it as an easy, guilt-free excuse to rid themselves of the hassle of moving with their pets. To me it would be like giving up a member of the family because I wouldn't be able to get that fancy condo, but the price is more than worth paying when I get to fall asleep everynight with my little ones beside me.

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Courtney H.
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Jan 20, 2009

I think it is just awful. It is not a good excuse at all.
Would people drop off their children at daycare never to return to them because they were moving. Then why do they feel it is ok for their animals.
Pets are FOREVER not for the moment.

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Pia S.
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Jan 21, 2009

I certainly hope that I would never be in this position, but everyone has their own turmoils in life to deal with. There are times when people have to move, for example, to a nursing home, and either cannot take their pet or have no family to care for the pet. We really don't know people's personal situations so I hate to judge. If someone has gone bankrupt and has lost their home and all of their belongings, the pet might be better in a home where it can be cared for. What a sad situation and difficult decision.

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Bob R.
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Jan 20, 2009

I agree with you. Many times there are additional reasons why people surrender their pets, but the "can't take the pet with me" excuse is easy to use, because the blame can be placed elsewhere.(ie. "The darned landlord won't let me keep my pet !") People will tell all kinds of lies so they don't have to face the real issues. I'm glad to hear you're taking your "kids" with you. You're a good mom !

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